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Assistance with TIMS
(Certification Application System)

Note: TIMS may be unavailable Fridays from 7:30-8:00 am for technical upgrades.

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User Guides

Getting Started with TIMS (PDF) This document will help you access TIMS for the first time, introduce you to your TIMS profile and PPID, offer tips for updating your profile and provide resources for assistance.

Applicant User Guide is for:

  • An individual seeking Pennsylvania certification as a teacher, administrator or educational specialist (credential for an individual who renders professional services other than classroom teaching, i.e., School Counselor, etc.)
  • An educator who already holds a Pennsylvania educator certificate
  • A Charter School teacher seeking a Charter School Teacher Designation
  • An individual applying for a Certificate of Preliminary Education (Funeral Director, nursing)
  • An individual applying for a public librarian certificate

Applicant's User Guide - The User's Guide is currently being updated and will be posted on the website when completed.

PK-12 Educational Entities User Guide is for:

  • School Districts, IUs, Career and Technology Centers, Approved Private Schools, and other PK-12 educational entities eligible for Emergency Permits in Pennsylvania
  • Those listed above and Charter Schools or Private Schools verifying educator experience in Pennsylvania schools

PK-12 Educational Entities User's Guide - The User's Guide is currently being updated and will be posted on the website when completed.

Approved Educator Preparation User Guide is for:

  • Colleges, Universities and Intermediate Units currently approved to offer programs leading to certification in Pennsylvania

Approved Educator Preparation User's Guide - The User's Guide is currently being updated and will be posted on the website when completed.

Webinars

TIMS training sessions plus question and answer times are offered via webinar. Registration is required to reserve a seat at all events, especially when the session is full. Please cancel your reservation if you cannot attend, even if at the last minute, so that another person may attend.

For the latest schedule, please visit www.pdewebinars.org and search on TIMS.

  • Look at the designated audience - applicants or certifying officers - to help you select appropriate topics.
  • Training sessions are topic specific, have a formal presentation and are recorded.
  • Question and answer (Q & A) webinars do not have a formal presentation and are open to any TIMS user with preference given to the specified audience. Q & A webinars are not recorded.

Recorded sessions are located at www.pdewebinars.org/archives.php. If you have not participated in a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) webinar, we recommend viewing the Introduction to Webinars instructions at http://www.pdewebinars.org/about_webinars.php a day or two before your first webinar.

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